I don't know how many times we walked by the table. Every time I got more confused. Every time I misread the sign on the table. I thought it said, "CHANGING TABLE".
Yeah, you're probably thinking, "What a dork!", right? You're right. Wait 'til you hear why it's even more ridiculous. I'm a reading teacher! From then on, my students periodically get the sermon about every letter matters, every word counts.
Joshua and the people of Israel had just won a major battle, thanks to God's leadership. Unfortunately, before they won the battle they had already been humiliated by the same enemy. Their humiliation had been the price for sin against God's will.
Following the winning battle, God wanted to make sure there was no excuse for the people of Israel to forget his commandments, any of them, including the fine print. He'd already told the people of Israel to pay attention and obey them. Losing battles after disobeying God's word hadn't seemed to get their attention. Maybe he thought they needed a visual aid.
He must keep that book with him and read from it all his life, because he must learn to respect the Lord his God. He must learn to completely obey everything the law commands.
(Deuteronomy 17:19 ERV)
I can't imagine how long that took. It would take me quite a while to "carve" God's laws onto my tablet with a stylus. God is an expert at making a point, isn't he? Not only that, but God promises to honor those who honor his word, fine print and all.
So keep the words of this covenant and obey them, so that you may prosper and be successful in everything that you do.
(Deuteronomy 29:9 AMP)